San Antonio Symphony shakes Tobin walls, helped by drummer Stewart Copeland

November 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Big sounds, or at least plenty of loud noise, dominated Friday night’s San Antonio Symphony classical series concert. From a new trapset concerto by rock drummer Stewart Copeland and the mighty organ volumes for Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ,” to short, thickly orchestrated works by Franz Schmidt, the eardrums of about 1,000 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts received an extravagant workout. Copeland, best known as the drummer for the rock band Police, composed his “Tyrant’s Crush: Concerto for Trapset and Orchestra” for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He returned to San Antonio this week after visiting here last season to hear his “Gamelan D’Drum” performed by the Dallas D’Drum ensemble. What a show Copeland put on. At his stage entrance, he yelled to the audience that it could “make as much noise as you want” during the concerto.

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